BORED. What a long two weeks with nothing but the health of the Rolls Rhys to worry about. I can’t wait to get back down to business.
The next batch of six games – Donkeybothering Blackpool (H), stopwatch Jnr’s Peterborough (A), would-be Olympic squatters West ‘Aam (H), troubled Bristol C (A), fading early pace-setters Brighton (H) and our one time Nemesis Cardiff (A) – will take us up to Christmas and could decide whether we are serious promotion contenders or if we will be flapping around clinging on to play-off possibilities.
Where we stand then may also determine the landscape as the transfer window creaks open. Well placed and we will have a compelling case to fend off interest from well wadded top flight poachers and hold onto our “most wanted.” It may also strengthen Mogga’s hand when asking for cash to beef up the squad. If we have faded away then the pressure will be on to cash in on the likes of Williams and Bates and start rebuilding now ready for next year. It is a very important phase in Mowbray’s Boro project. But then, we seem to say that every other week
If we are to shape up as automatic promotion contenders – and why not? There’s nothing to be scared of and the last few years have thrown up a couple of outsiders like Blackpool, Norwich and Swansea who stick with the leaders from early on and squeeze through – then we need to get straight back down to business after the break.
Boro need to pick up where they left off and stretch the unbeaten home run with another win. And another clean sheet. And possible adding some of the entertainment that was missing in the laboured victory over Watford.
So, quick survey of public opinion… honestly now, where did you expect to be now back in August? And where do you now expect to be at Christmas? With a third of the season gone, how are we shaping up? As genuine promotion contenders or a flash in the pan? And what are the biggest challenges we face going into the Twilight Zone of the transfer window?
During the break I have obviously just been sat with my feet up and waxing my tash but I’m bored now. Back down to business.
To give you something to ease your way back into the seething cauldron of red hot soccer chat, here’s a few things I have pointed my browser at over the past few days on Twitter (which obviously you should sign up to “follow” me for all your updates, trivia, historical tit-bits and cynical gallows humour needs and live match update action.
Standing Is Safe… says the architect who designed the new Wembley.
Show Racism The Slow Card… if you think the way the Terry/Ferdinand race row has been dealt with has been glacial, consider this shocking case from the Northern League.
Football Heroes… in the wake of Poppygate and football’s gradual devaluing of the phrase ‘heroic’ here’s a bit on the professional footballers who volunteered – and in many cases died – in WW1.
Fence-climbing Fans’ Favourite… Bernie Slaven was 51 this week. To celebrate the Glaswegian goal-getter turned Shock Jock’s net-busting skill’s here’s some of his best bits.
Macsh Back After Shack… exclusive (and much pilfered) interview with unemployed former Boro boss Steve McClaren by Les Rosbifs, the anorakoblog that tracks English footballers abroad.
That should keep you going for a few days.